Return to In-Person Worship – What to Expect
We are both excited and cautious about the return to in-person worship. In the early summer the Session decided to wait until the Fall for a return to worship as this would allow for higher vaccination rates and ensure greater safety from the Covid-19 virus. As we approach this Sunday we are aware of growing case numbers in the province and the fear of the Delta and other variants. As we return to worship on Sunday September 12 we are prayerful that the steps we have put in place will keep the worshiping community of St. Andrew’s safe.
As you are no doubt aware the Province of Ontario has announced that as of September 22 there will be a vaccination policy for non-essential services. Religious institutions are exempt from these provisions. However, the Session has elected to institute the following policy around this issue:
That all individuals attending worship be fully vaccinated or be in possession of a recent negative Covid-19 test and that they have no symptoms of Covid-19.
Physical Distancing and Spacing
Entry into the building will be via the front doors (rear doors are also available for those who require the elevator). When you enter you will be asked to complete a contact tracing form with your name, phone number and attesting to the Vaccine Policy.
You will then be asked to seat yourself from the first available pew from the front. Please leave one empty pew between you and anyone who is not part of your social/contact circle.
At the end of the service you will exit, starting from the front and working towards the back, through the side doors.
Masks and Singing
Based on advice from our local Health Unit masks will be worn at all times while inside the church. We will refrain from singing, though we will play the music of several hymns during the service. Those who are required to speak during the service may remove their masks to communicate to the congregation.
To limit movement and allow for appropriate physical distancing the offering will not be taken up during the service. Instead, an offering plate will be placed in the Narthex and the side door of the sanctuary.
As a result of returning to in person worship we will no longer be pre-recording services and making them available on Sunday morning. Instead, we will be offering a livestream of the service. The service will be streamed on YouTube at the following link:
Our hope is to embed the livestream on our congregational website. However, for now the only option will be to watch it on YouTube. A transcript of the sermon will be made available on Mondays.
For those who will not immediately be returning to worship and who don’t have access to the Internet we will continue to deliver the sermon. Please let Mary in the office know if you require the sermon to be delivered.
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Cobourg is part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The congregation was established in 1833 and continues to serve the community.